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Looking for some holiday cheer tonight? More to the point: Are you looking for some populist holiday cheer tonight?
Then you might join a group of carolers tonight gathering at 7 p.m. outside the Bank of America branch at 1501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, right across from the Treasury building. Instead of “Feliz Navidad,” they’ll be singing “Fleeced and Robbed.” Rather than “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” there’s “God Help Ye Greedy Bankers.” Or “Go Tell It to the Homeless.”
The anti-fat-cat carols were the brainchild of Denise Bowyer, 53, an insurance exec from Mount Pleasant. “This is the week that all the banks are announcing their big bonuses for their top earners, ” she explains. “They’ve taken all this money…and we wanted to come up with a creative way to catch people’s attention.”
So she sat down with the carols and “started to tinker.” Some of the rewrites are more faithful than others. Take the “Seven Days of Fleecemas.” Says Bowyer, “I thought 12 might be too long. I couldn’t come up with 12 verses that rhyme.” Close enough!
If you’re not in D.C. this evening, you may still be in luck. The group is affiliated with Americans for Financial Reform, and Bowyer says she’s sent the lyrics out to dozens of other groups across the country. Tonight, rallies are planned in cities including Chicago, Denver, Richmond, San Francisco, and more.